Even though March has passed , I had one more item that I wanted to share regarding “The Eyes of March.” It won’t really matter much to spend a lot of time enhancing your eyes if you can’t see out of them. The aging process not only accelerates vision impairment but may also increase the risk of going blind. If I had to pick one sense that I couldn’t bear to lose, it definitely would be seeing. I’m not very good at doing things with my eyes closed. For instance, take in the shower. Sometimes, I will apply a face wash or scrub and leave it there for an extended period of time while I am lathering up the rest of my body or washing my hair. Trying to apply bath gel or locate the shampoo bottle is very tricky to do when your eyes are closed so that excess scrub won’t get in them. Sometimes, I do need to take a tiny peek to make sure I have the right product. And then, you guessed it: soap or scrub runs in to my eyes and all of a sudden my eyes are burning, plus I can’t clear my vision. The thought of that happening on a permanent basis would be devastating. Not seeing my grandchildren grow up; not being able to safely cook and bake; not being able to turn the pages to read a book, would all be sorrowful adjustments for me to have to make if I suddenly found myself with decreased vision or blindness.
I recently came upon a very informational post on another mid-life blog, Her Busy Life. Posted on February 7, 2012, the author, Dr. Rosenberg, gives some tips on how to maintain eye health as we age. First and foremost, we should have regular eye exams. When was the last time you had a thorough eye exam (not the read the letters kind in the hallway of your primary physcian) conducted by an optometrist? One of the scariest eye diseases that occur with aging, macular degeneration, can only be detected during an eye exam. Its symptoms are so progressive and irreversible that it is imperative that they are caught quickly and treated immediately if you are to maintain your vision and not go totally and completely blind.
Dr. Rosenberg also pointed out in this post that the cells in your eyes, unlike other cells in your body, do not replace themselves. You have the same eye cells for your entire life. All the more reason to protect those delicate cells from free radical damage. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C such as your orange, yellow and deep green varities, go a long way in protecting your eye health.
Two simple steps to avoid blindness that could occur with aging: 1) Get annual eye exams and 2) Eat carrots, spinach, kale, and even yellow peppers on a daily basis. I can do that. How about you?